Wirral Real Ale Trail: Everything you need to know

An Ale lover right of passage – 10 pubs and 10 chances to sample a nice beer and to top it all off there’s no need for a designated driver.

The Wirral Real Ale Trail is an Ale Trail with a difference – taking you by bus to 10 hand-picked pubs, chosen for their hospitality, atmosphere and of course their selection of Real Ale.

The first Wirral Real Ale Trail was back in June 2016, with Trails running twice a year, the 6th instalment of the Wirral Real Ale Trail is on 8th September 2018.

What is it?

A chance to visit up to 10 Real Ale pubs and sample Real Ale brewed locally and from across the UK.

What makes this Real Ale Trail different is there’s no walking between pubs or sharing transport with the public, our dedicated RAT shuttle buses arrive and every venue every 30 – 45 minutes between 11am and 11pm. The buses are full of song and laughter, so start practising your harmonies.

Tickets are limited, we recommend buying them before the day and it’s cheaper too! Tickets are £15 in advance and £18 on the day. Click here to book tickets.

Where does it visit?

You can start and finish at any pub on route, so it’s up to which pubs you choose to visit, what time you start and finish, where to meet your friends.

Queen’s Royal, New Brighton – Recent winner of Wirral CAMRA Pub of the Season 2018, The Stage Door Tap at the Queens Royal always has 6 Real Ales on usually from local breweries. With superb views over Liverpool Bay in the enclosed beer garden.

Cheshire Cheese, Wallasey – Known for its Gin Garden, the Cheshire Cheese also has some cracking Real Ale found at the bar!

Coach and Horses, Greasby –  dating back nearly 300 years. Formerly a farmhouse where ale was brewed and sold from 1725, it became a pub in the 1820s. This traditional pub serves local ales alongside old favourites.

Irby Mill, Irby – originally the house of the miller of the mill on the site and opened as a pub in 1982. The traditional features make you feel you’ve gone back in time. This little pub serves great food and a good selection of real ales, you’re sure to find a new favourite.

The Anchor Inn, Irby – A great village pub serving up tasty local ales, top-notch food alongside live music in stylish surroundings.

Harvest Mouse, Heswall – If you have not visited the Harvest Mouse before you will find a Windmill and not a mouse that greets you on arrival. It’s a modern traditional style pub that serves 4 Real Ales.

Devon Doorway, Heswall – This postcard-pretty pub has a wooden frame and a thatched roof and well as beautiful ales.

Rose and Crown, Bebington – a former coaching inn built in 1732 although a pub has been on this site since 1561! The pub reopened in April 2018 under new management, serving up to 4 Real Ales

Gallagher’s, Birkenhead – unique pub where great ale and a military memorabilia are put together in an unusual but successful mix. You can always find a good pint in here!

The Stork Hotel, Birkenhead –  recently under management, and now serves food as well as Real Ale. Built in 1840, this highly ornate pub has a wonderful mosaic floor, etched glass and carved wood in the art nouveau style. It retains many original wall fittings plus a circular bar with leaded stained glass.


Getting to the Trail

The Trail is well supported by locals and visitors alike. If you’re travelling to the Trail there are Train Stations in:

  • Birkenhead (Near Gallaghers or The Stork)
  • New Brighton (Near The Queens Royal)
  • Bebington (Near the Rose and Crown)


Places to Stay…

The Queen’s Royal has rooms available for people to stay and go on the Trail. For other suggestions please click here.




Don’t just take our word for it…

“First time “On the trail” yesterday and we absolutely loved it !! Great weather, cracking beers, pubs made great efforts to make sure we had a good time and the buses between the pubs got funnier and funnier as the night went on. Met some cracking people who were just out to have a great day and a good laugh as we were. Cannot recommend it enough.” Dave Moore.

Wirral Real Ale Trail


Queens Royal

The Queens Royal, Marine Promenade, Wallasey, Wirral, UK

Cheshire Cheese

The Cheshire Cheese, Wallasey Village, Wallasey, UK

Coach and Horses

Greasby Rd, Birkenhead, Greasby, Wirral CH49 3NG

Irby Mill

The Irby Mill, Mill Lane, Greasby, Wirral, UK

The Anchor

The Anchor Inn, Thurstaston Road, Birkenhead, Wirral, UK

Rose and Crowm

Rose & Crown, The Village, Bebington, Wirral, UK


Gallaghers bar birkenhead

The Strok

The Stork Hotel, Price Street, Birkenhead, UK

Harvest Mouse

The Harvest Mouse, Heswall, Wirral, UK

Devon Doorway

The Devon Doorway, Telegraph Road, Heswall, Wirral, UK